2021-22 Business Rates Bills – award of expanded retail discount and nursery discount

In Mid Sussex district over 1,200 businesses liable for business rates in 2020-21 paid no business rates at all due to the award of 100% expanded retail discount or nursery discount for the whole of the financial year.

Business Rates bills for 2021-22 for properties in the district will be posted by Mid Sussex DC on the 8 April 2021 and may include Expanded Retail Discount (full information at https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/revsandbens/business-rates/property-reliefs/expanded-retail-discount/) or Nursery Discount (full information at https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/revsandbens/business-rates/property-reliefs/nurseries/) at 100% for the year if applicable.  Please note that despite these bills this discount is only valid at 100% for 3 months but under the business rates regulations we have to send the bill as it is now.

After that from the 1st July 2021 the bills if applicable to these discounts subject to a cash cap (of up to £2m for a business mandated to close and £105,000 for all other businesses) are entitled to a 66% discount for the rest of 2021-22.

We are likely to be in May asking businesses to do a simple online claim form for these discounts to be awarded from the 1st July 2021.  New bills will be issued from the 1st July 2021 showing the new discount if applicable.

Please note that any business if they believe they should have been awarded these discounts and they have not should contact the Council.  If they let the Council know by the 30th September 2021 it can, if entitled, also be awarded for 2020-21.  The full criteria is outlined in the links above.

If anyone has any issues please email us at

Please do let me know if you need any additional information or clarification

Thank you

Kevin Stewart

BUL Revenues and Benefits

Mid Sussex DC